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Craig Meidl gets City Council’s confirmation, will lead Spokane Police Department

After his initial appointment by Mayor David Condon caused a rift with the City Council, a majority voted Monday to confirm Craig Meidl as Spokane’s permanent police chief following the ouster of Frank Straub more than a year ago. City Councilwoman Karen Stratton voted against the nomination, saying concerns about Meidl’s past were too great to vote yes.

Condon, City Council clash over mayor’s hiring/firing powers

The recent show of good faith between a City Council critical of human resources debacles and a reinvigorated Mayor David Condon could be sidetracked by a lingering dispute from the summer over the two sides’ authority on appointments to head departments.

Mayor David Condon faces first test in recall showdown on Tuesday

Washington Laws make it more difficult than elsewhere to recall an elected official. Armed with an independent report on Mayor David Condon’s handling of turmoil in the Police Department, petitioner David Green will make a case in what is likely the most important step toward whether Condon will be voted out of office.

City Council lays out timeline for new police chief search

The Spokane City Council is asking Mayor David Condon to name a new police chief appointment by Sept. 30. The process requested by the council would place police Capt. Brad Arleth back in the running for the job.

Editorial: Calm prevails in police search

Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that and to putting Meidl through the same vetting process.

Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support

In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President Ben Stuckart. Stuckart told Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal on Thursday he’d vote against Meidl’s confirmation.